Accra,– Ms Fatimatu Abubakar, the Deputy Information Minister, has urged journalists and media practitioners to increase their reportage on issues and conditions of Persons Living with Disability (PWDs).
She said that would bring their challenges to the fore for stakeholders to address.
Ms Abubakar said this at the closing ceremony of the Young Africans Leadership Initiative (YALI) Media Capacity Building Initiative for Reporting on Disability.
With support from the US Embassy in Ghana, the two-day programme trained 26 journalists and media practitioners across the country on fact-based, objective, and impactful reporting on PWDs.
Ms Abubakar said advertising in media was expensive due to competition, which made it difficult for marginalised groups, including the disabled, to pay for such services.
“I believe that when the government and the media collectively put the spotlight and conversation on the disabled, the discourse can be improved,” she added.
She entreated the participants to set the agenda by bringing issues of the disabled into the spotlight of national conversation.
Madam Stephanie Sullivan, the US Ambassador to Ghana, said the importance of the media in enhancing the disability discourse could not be over-emphasised and urged them to improve on it to meet the challenges of the marginalised and promote an inclusive society.
Mrs Portia Sonia Gabor, a Journalist with TV3 and a participant, said the programme had built her competences and skills in disability reporting.
She called on PWDs not to focus on their disabilities as they had a lot to contribute to nation building.
The journalists were selected from both public and private media houses including the Ghana News Agency, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, New Times Corporation, the Multimedia Group, and Media General and they received citations after the training.
Mrs Portia Sonia Gabor was adjudged the Best Journalist for Disability Reporting while Paul Anomah Kordieh, a visually impaired journalist, was awarded the Best Journalist Living with Disability.
Source: Ghana News Agency